The table below looks at the statistics for MOS in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MOS over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Rank 785 845 859
Rank change year-on-year
+60 +14
Permanent jobs citing MOS 98 62 28
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.092% 0.053% 0.026%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.19% 0.093%
Number of salaries quoted 81 42 28
Average salary £31,250 £35,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-10.71% -12.50%
90% offered a salary of more than £20,500 £24,500 £29,300
10% offered a salary of more than £68,250 £40,000 £53,000
UK excluding London average salary £30,000 £27,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -22.85%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
29235 32104 30081
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.36% 27.34% 27.65%
Number of salaries quoted 22964 25766 24182
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £68,000 £65,000 £65,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MOS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MOS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MOS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MOS
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MOS within the UK.

MOS Salary Trend in the UK

MOS
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MOS over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 within the UK.

MOS Salary Histogram in the UK

MOS
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MOS within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +69 90 £30,750 -12.14% 8
London +64 51 £34,750 -5.44% 4
City of London +54 22 £31,500 -12.50% 1
South East -5 13 £34,500 +27.77% 1
Yorkshire - 12 £25,000 - 1
Hampshire - 11 £38,500 -
Basingstoke - 11 £38,500 -
West Yorkshire - 8 £25,000 - 1
Scotland +21 6 £70,000 +57.30%
Halifax - 6 £25,000 - 1
North West - 5 £31,250 -
East Midlands +10 4 £33,500 +39.58% 1
Northampton +4 4 £33,500 +39.58% 1
West Lothian +2 4 £70,000 +55.55%
Northamptonshire +1 4 £33,500 +39.58% 1
South Yorkshire - 4 £30,000 -
Sheffield - 4 £30,000 -
Manchester - 4 £27,500 -
Livingston - 4 £70,000 -
East of England - 3 £20,000 - 1
Glasgow +5 2 £22,750 -7.61%
Leeds - 2 £24,000 -
Luton - 2 - -
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
South West - 2 £30,000 -
Berkshire -11 1 - -
Reading -16 1 - -
Street - 1 £38,000 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £20,000 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 - -

MOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT jobs within the UK citing MOS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MOS.

1 111 (71.61%) Microsoft
2 109 (70.32%) MS Office
3 98 (63.23%) Windows
4 73 (47.10%) Microsoft Certification
5 68 (43.87%) ITIL
6 62 (40.00%) MS Excel
7 59 (38.06%) Windows 7
8 53 (34.19%) Active Directory
9 46 (29.68%) Law
10 40 (25.81%) Legal
11 32 (20.65%) Service Management
11 32 (20.65%) Windows XP
12 30 (19.35%) MCDST
13 28 (18.06%) SLA
14 26 (16.77%) Cisco
14 26 (16.77%) MCSA
15 24 (15.48%) Linux
16 23 (14.84%) MCSE
16 23 (14.84%) Windows Server 2003
17 22 (14.19%) Windows Server 2008
18 21 (13.55%) MCITP
18 21 (13.55%) Blackberry
19 20 (12.90%) LAN
19 20 (12.90%) Security Cleared
20 19 (12.26%) Degree
20 19 (12.26%) Document Management
20 19 (12.26%) WAN
20 19 (12.26%) MS Exchange
21 17 (10.97%) HP
21 17 (10.97%) Windows 8

MOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT jobs within the UK citing MOS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MOS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 19 (12.26%) MS Exchange
2 12 (7.74%) WorkSite
3 9 (5.81%) Exchange Server 2003
4 6 (3.87%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.58%) SharePoint
5 4 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.94%) Lync
7 2 (1.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.29%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 109 (70.32%) MS Office
2 62 (40.00%) MS Excel
3 16 (10.32%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (8.39%) MS Visio
5 9 (5.81%) MS Project
6 8 (5.16%) Final Cut Pro
6 8 (5.16%) Quicktime
7 4 (2.58%) Acrobat
8 2 (1.29%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.94%) SAP CCM
1 3 (1.94%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.65%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.23%) Office 365
2 3 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 20 (12.90%) LAN
2 19 (12.26%) WAN
3 14 (9.03%) SAN
4 12 (7.74%) VoIP
5 10 (6.45%) VPN
6 9 (5.81%) WebEx
7 8 (5.16%) RTSP
7 8 (5.16%) IP Telephony
7 8 (5.16%) TCP/IP
7 8 (5.16%) RTP
8 6 (3.87%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (2.58%) DHCP
10 3 (1.94%) Ethernet
10 3 (1.94%) DNS
10 3 (1.94%) Wireless
10 3 (1.94%) Internet
10 3 (1.94%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.94%) Unified Communications
10 3 (1.94%) NAS
11 2 (1.29%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.39%) MySQL
2 6 (3.87%) SQL Server
3 5 (3.23%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.65%) MS Access
4 1 (0.65%) EDRMS
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Dreamweaver
1 1 (0.65%) FrontPage
General
1 46 (29.68%) Law
2 40 (25.81%) Legal
3 11 (7.10%) Finance
4 6 (3.87%) Multimedia
5 4 (2.58%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.58%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.94%) French Language
6 3 (1.94%) German Language
6 3 (1.94%) Italian Language
6 3 (1.94%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.65%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 74 (47.74%) Analyst
2 55 (35.48%) Support Analyst
3 41 (26.45%) Service Analyst
3 41 (26.45%) Service Desk Analyst
4 22 (14.19%) Trainer
4 22 (14.19%) Technical Support
4 22 (14.19%) Technical Support Analyst
4 22 (14.19%) Technical Analyst
5 20 (12.90%) IT Trainer
6 16 (10.32%) Team Leader
6 16 (10.32%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 12 (7.74%) 2nd Line Support
8 11 (7.10%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 11 (7.10%) Technical Team Leader
9 10 (6.45%) Help Desk Analyst
10 9 (5.81%) IT Support
11 8 (5.16%) Desktop Support
11 8 (5.16%) Developer
12 7 (4.52%) Help Desk Support
12 7 (4.52%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.45%) Qt
2 3 (1.94%) XML
3 2 (1.29%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 21 (13.55%) Blackberry
2 13 (8.39%) Management Information System
3 10 (6.45%) Replication
3 10 (6.45%) E-Learning
3 10 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.81%) Private Cloud
4 9 (5.81%) PDA
5 8 (5.16%) Video Editing
6 7 (4.52%) iPhone
7 6 (3.87%) Learning Management System
8 5 (3.23%) Thin Client
8 5 (3.23%) Fat Client
8 5 (3.23%) Computer Science
8 5 (3.23%) CMDB
9 4 (2.58%) Mathematics
9 4 (2.58%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.94%) Life Science
11 2 (1.29%) Smartphone
11 2 (1.29%) Animation
11 2 (1.29%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 98 (63.23%) Windows
2 59 (38.06%) Windows 7
3 32 (20.65%) Windows XP
4 24 (15.48%) Linux
5 23 (14.84%) Windows Server 2003
6 22 (14.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (10.97%) Windows 8
8 15 (9.68%) Android
9 14 (9.03%) UNIX
10 13 (8.39%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (8.39%) Mac OS X
11 12 (7.74%) Windows Vista
12 11 (7.10%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (1.29%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.29%) i5/OS
13 2 (1.29%) OS/400
14 1 (0.65%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.65%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (43.87%) ITIL
2 32 (20.65%) Service Management
3 19 (12.26%) Document Management
4 16 (10.32%) Incident Management
5 14 (9.03%) Service Delivery
5 14 (9.03%) Coaching
6 12 (7.74%) ITIL V3
7 10 (6.45%) Multithreading
8 9 (5.81%) Software Deployment
8 9 (5.81%) High Availability
9 8 (5.16%) Business Continuity
9 8 (5.16%) ITSM
10 7 (4.52%) Migration
11 6 (3.87%) Root Cause Analysis
12 5 (3.23%) CRM
12 5 (3.23%) Configuration Management
12 5 (3.23%) Validation
12 5 (3.23%) Project Management
12 5 (3.23%) Performance Management
13 4 (2.58%) Service Desk Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (7.10%) VBA
2 10 (6.45%) C++
3 8 (5.16%) Python
4 6 (3.87%) SQL
5 3 (1.94%) C
5 3 (1.94%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.65%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 73 (47.10%) Microsoft Certification
2 30 (19.35%) MCDST
3 26 (16.77%) MCSA
4 23 (14.84%) MCSE
5 21 (13.55%) MCITP
6 20 (12.90%) Security Cleared
7 19 (12.26%) Degree
8 16 (10.32%) A+ Certification
8 16 (10.32%) MCP
9 13 (8.39%) HND
10 12 (7.74%) Cisco Certification
10 12 (7.74%) CCNA
11 9 (5.81%) HNC
11 9 (5.81%) VTSP
11 9 (5.81%) SC Cleared
12 3 (1.94%) MCT
12 3 (1.94%) MCTS
13 2 (1.29%) Network+ Certification
13 2 (1.29%) IBM Certification
14 1 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (18.06%) SLA
2 8 (5.16%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.65%) QA
System Software
1 53 (34.19%) Active Directory
2 12 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (5.16%) XenApp
4 5 (3.23%) XenDesktop
5 3 (1.94%) VMware ESX
6 2 (1.29%) vSphere
7 1 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 12 (7.74%) SCCM
2 4 (2.58%) Backup Exec
3 3 (1.94%) SCOM
3 3 (1.94%) WSUS
4 2 (1.29%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.29%) Nagios
4 2 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.29%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 111 (71.61%) Microsoft
2 26 (16.77%) Cisco
3 17 (10.97%) HP
4 15 (9.68%) Citrix
5 13 (8.39%) Oracle
5 13 (8.39%) VMware
6 11 (7.10%) Intel
6 11 (7.10%) IBM
7 9 (5.81%) Apple
7 9 (5.81%) Juniper
7 9 (5.81%) Sun
7 9 (5.81%) EMC
8 8 (5.16%) LANDesk
9 7 (4.52%) Avaya
10 6 (3.87%) Toshiba
10 6 (3.87%) Dell
11 4 (2.58%) Symantec
11 4 (2.58%) ServiceNow
12 3 (1.94%) Adobe
12 3 (1.94%) SAP
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